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Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Azerbaijan vs Italy preview

Kick off: 10 October@17:00 CET

Venue: Tofiq Behramov adina Respublika stadionu (Baku, Azerbaijan)

Head to head record

Italy vs Azerbaijan 2-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Italy vs Azerbaijan 4-0 (Euro 2004 qualifier)
Azerbaijan vs Italy 0-2 (Euro 2004 qualifier)

Azerbaijan

Last 5 matches

Azerbaijan vs Malta 2-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Serbia vs Azerbaijan 4-1 (International friendly)
Norway vs Azerbaijan 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Azerbaijan vs Croatia 0-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Malta vs Azerbaijan 2-2 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Araz Abdullayev (16/0), Javid Huseynov (45/2), Rauf Aliyev (44/7) and Vuqar Nadirov (61/4) are some of the high-profile footballers that have been overlooked.

Qarabag midfielder Javad Tagiyev has withdrawn due to injury, with Elvin Mammadov (34/7) and Magomed Mirzabekov (3/0) drafted into the squad for matches vs Italy and Bulgaria.

Probable starting line-up (4-1-4-1): Agayev – Mirzabekov, Guseynov, R.F. Sadygov, Dashdemirov – Garayev – Ismayilov, Nazarov, Amirguliyev, Mammadov – Qurbanov.

Italy

Italy vs England 1-1 (International friendly)
Croatia vs Italy 1-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Italy vs Portugal 0-1 (International friendly)
Italy vs Malta 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Italy vs Bulgaria 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Veteran midfielder Andrea Pirlo keeps his place in the squad, but Daniele De Rossi, Ciro Immobile, Manolo Gabbiadini, Mario Balotelli and Thiago Motta all miss out.

Lorenzo Insigne and Domenico Berardi have withdrawn due to knee and muscle injuries respectively, but Torino star Fabio Quagliarella returns to the Italy national team after a five-year absence.

Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco is also back, but he will probably have to wait for his chance on the bench, with Antonio Conte set to field a 4-4-2 formation in Azerbaijan.

Probable starting line-up (4-4-2): Buffon – Darmian, Bonucci, Chiellini, De Sciglio – Candreva, Pirlo, Parolo, El Shaarawy – Pelle, Eder.

Interesting Facts

*Italy will seal Euro 2016 qualifying berth by winning this match. The Azzurri are 1.30 (3/10) to claim maximum points.

*Four of Azerbaijan’s last five qualifiers produced two goals or less. Under 2.5 goals is available at 1.58 (4/7).

*Four of Italy’s five wins in the current campaign were achieved by a single-goal margin. Italy are 3.20 (11/5) to win by exactly one goal.

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